Road to Perdition (comics)
Road to Perdition is a series of fictional works written by Max Allan Collins.
|Road to Perdition|
|Writer(s)||Max Allan Collins|
|Artist(s)||Richard Piers Rayner|
|Road to Perdition||ISBN 1-56389-449-1|
|Road to Perdition: On the Road||ISBN 1401203574|
The comic book of the original series, with art by Richard Piers Rayner, was published by DC Comics' imprint, Paradox Press. It was adapted into the 2002 film of the same name, starring Tom Hanks, for which Collins also wrote the novelization.
- Road to Perdition
Michael O'Sullivan, the ruthless but honorable enforcer for a crime syndicate, is personally betrayed by his masters and is forced to flee with his young son Michael, Jr. on a quest for revenge. The story is set in the American Midwest during the Great Depression and draws upon several historical figures, especially the gangster John Patrick Looney, of Rock Island, Illinois; in real life, Looney came into conflict with Dan Drost, a formerly loyal lieutenant in their crime organization, and their feud eventually led to the death of Looney's son Connor.
This story was the basis for the 2002 film of the same name.
- On the Road to Perdition
This three-part miniseries of graphic novels was written after the original story, but deals with events within the same timeframe. All three parts were published as individual installments, but have also been reprinted as a single combined volume.
- Road to Purgatory and Road to Paradise
These two prose sequels deal with the adult life of Michael O'Sullivan, Jr., under his adoptive identity of Michael Satariano. After military service in Bataan during World War II, he returns to the world of organized crime to seek revenge on other gangsters who had been complicit in his father's death.
- Return to Perdition
This graphic novel follows the story of Michael Satariano, Jr., a Vietnam vet who returns home from the war and gets caught up in the criminal underworld of his father and grandfather.
Series author Collins acknowledged the influence of the Japanese manga Lone Wolf and Cub by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima on his work with Road to Perdition, saying in an interview to the BBC, "Road To Perdition is 'an unabashed homage' to Lone Wolf And Cub".
- Road to Perdition (by Max Allan Collins, with Richard Piers Rayner 304 pages):
- On the Road to Perdition Book 1: Oasis (with José Luis García-López and Josef Rubinstein), 96 pages.
- On the Road to Perdition Book 2: Sanctuary (with José Luis García-López and Steve Lieber), 96 pages.
- On the Road to Perdition Book 3: Detour (with José Luis García-López and Steve Lieber), 96 pages.
- Road to Perdition: On the Road, 296 pages (single-volume collection of Books 1-3 above).
- Return to Perdition (by Max Allan Collins, with Terry Beatty, 192 pages).
- Ruthhart, Roger (July 11, 2002). "Part 5: Looney loses his son and the newspaper war". The Dispatch/Argus. East Moline, Illinois. Archived from the original on November 16, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
- "The Original 'Road to Perdition'". Time. July 16, 2002. Archived from the original on February 4, 2011. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
- Max Allan Collins, interviewed by Daniel Etherington, "Graphic Novel: Road To Perdition". BBC Collective. September 19, 2002. Archived from the original on November 12, 2012. Retrieved June 22, 2008.
- "'Road to Perdition' details". DCComics.com.
- "'Road to Perdition: On the Road' details". DCComics.com.
- "Books to look for summer 2011". Vertigo Comics. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
- Road to Perdition at the Grand Comics Database
- Road to Perdition at the Comic Book DB (archived from the original)
- On the Road to Perdition at the Grand Comics Database
- On the Road to Perdition at the Comic Book DB (archived from the original)
- Singh, Arune (August 7, 2002). "Collins' 'Road' to the Future". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
- Titan Books section
- Singh, Arune (June 16, 2002). "Just the Facts Ma'am: Max Collins Talks 'Road to Perdition'". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
- Max Allan Collins on Perdition’s Sanctuary: SBC Q&A, Comics Bulletin.